Wood, inventor, scientist, and devoted family-man, passed away suddenly in
Lancaster, California at age 47.
the time he entered high school, technology was second-nature to Travis.
So it was no surprise that he built a robot while a sophomore in 1978 that
earned him the Grand Award at Arizona's State Science Fair and a trip to
Florida to compete in the International Science and Engineering Fair.
This was just the first of his forays into the field of robotics, as later in
life he competed in the Battlebots, BotBash and RoboMagellan competitions.
graduated from Trevor Browne High School in 1980, earned three AA degrees from
Glendale Community College, and received his BS in Electronic Engineering and
Computer Technology from Arizona State University in 1990. At ASU, Travis was
part of the solar car team and built a solar car that traveled from Florida to
California powered entirely by the sun. This experience was the precursor to
his later hobbies developing computer vision devices for use with autonomous
robotic vehicles after graduation. At ASU, he participated in the Dr. Who
club, where he met the love of his life Katherine, the daughter of Henry and
Louise Clark. After graduation, Travis took a job for Computer Sciences
Corporation (CSC) so that he could be close to Katherine, who was an aerospace
engineer at Edwards Air Force Base in California. Travis and Katherine married
in 1992 and began their lives together in Lancaster, California.
2000, Travis and Katherine were blessed with their first child, Garrick. When
Katherine’s maternity leave ran out, Travis decided to stay home with Garrick
to give him the best possible care. In 2002, Travis and Katherine were blessed
with their second child, Veronica. Travis took the kids to
mommy-dad-and-me classes and spent time with them - teaching them but always
having fun too. He felt blessed every time he got to be there for one of
their "firsts" - grasping, smiling, laughing, crawling, talking,
standing, walking, and climbing. Travis continued his role as fantastic
stay-at-home dad until 2007, when he resumed full-time work by taking a
position at China Lake Naval Air Weapons Station.
Travis was a member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church.
He was a licensed Ham Radio operator, call number AE6GA. His life hobbies
included riding roller-coasters, piloting hang gliders and ultralight aircraft,
and encouraging friends and family members to also have the thrill of their
lives in similar ways. Travis was even on a reality television show
'Escape from Experiment Island' where he was chosen due to his incredible
practical knowledge of science and technology. He loved to travel, go on
adventures, go to the movies and read books. Travis was the guy who could
fix or invent anything. He was happiest as proud father - seeing his children’s
achievements in scouts, sports, music, school and life - like when they rode
their bikes without the training wheels or learned to swim. He loved to have
fun with his family and friends.